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The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation gives away tens of thousands of dollars of college scholarships to young water sports athletes each year.

The applicant must be an incoming Freshman through Senior at a two (2) or four (4) year accredited college or university as a full-time student as well as a U.S. Citizen. Award will be made to an undergraduate student and for no more than (3) academic years. Recipients must attend school for the full year during the year of the award.


General guidelines for consideration include the number of years the applicant has been a member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, academic achievement, two letters of reference, work record, school and community activities, and a 500-word essay or 3:00 to 5:00 minute video. The deadline is April 1.


Also considered are the individual's contributions to the sport as a skier, rider, barefooter or as a volunteer or official at tournaments.


A National Selection Committee will choose the finalists based on information included with the completed application. Winners will be notified by July 15.

Scholarship Selection Committee:

Jim Norton
Betsy Anderson Gilman 
Connie Bergmark

Rob Blair

Jody Johnson

Megan Lambert

Bob Mayhew

Roger Olson

Glenn Sperry

Bobby Reich (Advisor)

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USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Grants

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation considers providing opportunities for youth athletes to compete in towed water sports, a top priority. We encourage clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for our two grant programs


The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation initiative seeks to support and expand high-quality programs for youth that promote character building, education, water safety, active healthy, and drug-free behaviors, including event participation in water skiing, wakeboarding, and all towed water sports.


The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation does not discriminate, in its club grant selection process, on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, sex, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation of any club member or staff.

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Michael Gerken Equipment Grant

In an effort to further support collegiate water ski athletes, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation will administer a $1,500 grant to a collegiate water skier to help fund equipment such as water skis, bindings, vests, ropes, etc. 


The Michael Gerken Equipment Grant was established in honor of Michael Gerken, a member of the Iowa State University water ski team, whose life exemplified the principles of good sportsmanship and fairness, competition and courage.  


Its goal is to provide young student-athletes of limited financial means the opportunity to purchase water ski equipment to continue to compete in water skiing in addition to their college studies.

To apply for this or any grant from the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation please email our scholarship administrator

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John Worden
Technical  Grant

John Worden’s love of waterskiing inspired this $1,500 grant for Technical Controllers.


John and his wife Brenda (May) traveled throughout Florida with their promo boat where John picked up the skills of driving after learning there was a shortage of drivers. 

John realized there also was a lack of qualified technical controllers and started offering to help set up sites with Gene Davis and Jerry Jackson.


The more John learned about TC’ing, the more word got out about his “can-do” attitude.  He was quickly brought in to lead course and jump setup for numerous pro events where his tenacity to do things right shined through. 


His catchphrase in all situations was “We Got This!” even when the tournament organizers were having their own doubts. John Worden always made it happen, on time and he did it perfectly.

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